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2010-11-09 19:06:13

Potential gender differences in clinical management are under-researched. A systematic analysis of the incorporation of sex and gender into research design, published in the open access journal BMC Medicine, has found that, although there has been a progressive improvement since the 90s, there exists a striking under-representation of research about gender differences in patient management. Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, from the Institute of Gender in Medicine, Berlin, worked with a team of...

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2010-03-17 14:55:00

Scientists have found that women living in countries that are more disease ridden are far likelier to prefer "masculine" looking men instead of "feminine" looking ones. Psychologists at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland studied a theory that masculine traits in men are a sign of genetic health. According to the hypothesis, this should also have an effect on women, whose choice of a mate is influenced by the chances of their offspring's survival. There were over 4,500 women recruited...

2010-01-22 00:37:58

Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world. The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival. Traditional thinking is that languages develop based upon random...

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2009-11-03 10:40:00

According to research from the University of Gothenburg, a preschooler's gender determines how he or she is treated and responded to in play and learning activities, and when the children's possibilities become expanded, it is usually a result of the children's and not the teachers' initiative. The Swedish preschool curriculum requires promotion of gender equality, but researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Department of Education, who performed gender analysis of 114 video sequences...

2009-08-25 14:39:28

Women hedge, issue disclaimers and ask questions when they communicate, language features that can suggest uncertainty, lack of confidence and low status. But men do the same, according to new research from the University of California, Davis."It's a stereotype that men are direct while women are tentative. I debunk that stereotype," said Nicholas Palomares, assistant professor of communication at UC Davis.Palomares reports his findings in "Women Are Sort of More Tentative Than Men, Aren't...

2009-04-29 20:08:35

A survey suggests most Swedes believe the country's men were more masculine in the past than now. The online survey of 1,003 people between the ages of 15 and 64, conducted by YouGov on a contract from MBT Shoes, found 51 percent of those polled -- including 58 percent of male respondents -- believe Swedish men were more masculine in the past, The Local reported Wednesday. Nine percent of respondents said they believe Swedish men are more masculine than the males in other countries, while 19...

2009-04-29 09:50:54

Young children think about gender in the same way they think about species of animals. They believe, for example, that a boy's preference for football is innate, as is a girl's preference for dolls, just as cats' behavior is innately different from dogs'. That's the finding of a new study from researchers at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Michigan. The study appears in the March/April 2009 issue of the journal Child Development. "These results have important implications...

2009-01-08 07:40:00

TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Traditional approaches to masculinity and femininity have long obscured and oversimplified a multidimensional subject into one that either treats them as opposite sides of a spectrum or regards them as two separate dimensions. The new nonfiction book by Richard W. Coan, notable professor emeritus of the University of Arizona, "Masculine, Feminine, and Fully Human: Developmental Paths Through the Adult Years" (published by AuthorHouse --...

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2008-10-02 11:30:00

Males and females adopt different communication styles to succeed on debate stage For only the second time in presidential debate history, a female nominee will take the stage to spar with a male opponent. While Geraldine Ferraro broke new ground in 1984, it has taken 24 years for another female to be included as part of a major party ticket. On Thursday night, the nation will be watching as vice presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden clash in the vice presidential debate. A...

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2008-06-28 11:16:57

Popular social networking Web site Facebook will begin having its 80 million global users affirm whether they are female or male in order to end the site's practice of referring to users as "they" or "themselves". Facebook sprung to popularity during the past year as users embraced the site to communicate and share details of their lives with family and friends.  However, the site's grammatical errors in the automated messages it uses to personalize pronouns when members share...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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